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Struan Leslie


Struan Leslie is a director, movement director and choreographer. He founded the movement department at the Royal Shakespeare Company and was Head of Movement there until 2013. During that time he both created work and supported all areas of the company’s work onstage, training and outreach.  Productions include: As You Like It; MacbethTwelfth NightMorte D’ArthurThe City Madam; Julius Caesar; Much Ado About Nothing and also directed Song of Songs and FlashMob Romeo and Juliet. Prior to his appointment his work at the RSC included: Merchant of VeniceCyrano de BergeracBeckett ShortsSlaughter City; Easter.

Movement and Choreography for Theatre and Opera includes: Much Ado About NothingWomen of TroyThe SeagullIphigenia at AulisIvanovThe Oresteia (National Theatre); The Woman Hater; The Lady’s TrialGalatea (Edward’s Boys/The Other Place RSC 2016/Wanamaker Theatre/Shakespeare’s Globe/University of Montpelier/Kings College Chapel London) Owen Wingrave (Edinburgh International Festival/Aldeburgh Festival) thethesatewearein; me:eating (Trinity Laban Conservatoire); The Hook; Regeneration; Tale of Two Cities (Royal and Derngate/National Tour); A Life of Galileo (Birmingham Rep/RSC) Everybody Loves a Winner (Manchester International Festival/Royal Exchange); Paul Bunyan (Bregenz Festival/ Luzerne); Jephthah (ENO/WNO, Copenghagen), The SacrificeKatya KabanovaCosi Fan Tutti (Welsh National Opera); St Matthew Passion (Glyndebourne); Oliver Twist (Lyric Hammersmith/UK Tour/American Repertory Theatre/Theatre for a New Audience, NYC/Berkeley Rep); OedipeLe Nozze Figaro; Die Reise Nach Reims (Theatre Bielefeld); Long Time Dead (Paines Plough/Traverse); If Destroyed True (Paines Plough/Dundee Rep/Menier); Julius Caesar; The Maids (Young Vic); Solemn Mass For a Full Moon in Summer (Traverse); The Country (Royal Court); Easy Virtue (Chichester Festival Theatre); Attempts on Her Life (Piccolo Teatro di Milano); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Endgame (Donmar Warehouse).

Movement direction for screen includes: Sleuth (Sony Pictures) and Casanova (BBC).

Directing credits include: My Case is Altered; (University of Illinois/Christopher Newport University/Willamette University, USA); A Suit To Travel In (Paul Smith Design/London Collections Men/Paris Menswear/Far East Tour/Moscow/Dubai/Harrods) Hōp (London Wonderground) Silver Anniversary Gala (National Centre for Circus Arts, Artistic Director) English Skies (QEH London/Amsterdam Festival); Circus Maximus (Udderbelly London); Song of Songs (Royal Shakespeare Company); There’s Me and There’s You (Matthew Herbert Big Band/London Jazz Festival/British Council 75th Anniversary Concert/Barbican/Glastonbury Festival); Guys and Dolls (Also Choreographer – Theatre Bielefeld, Germany); Carmen (Welsh National Opera).